Islamic and Archaeological Antiquities after the Young Turk Revolution

Wendy M. K. Shaw

in Possessors and Possessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928565 | DOI:
Islamic and Archaeological Antiquities after the Young Turk Revolution

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This chapter examines the Islamic art and archaeological antiquities collections of the Ottoman museums after the Young Turk Revolution. It explains that despite all of the political confusion, economic turmoil, and prolonged military struggle of the last decade of Ottoman rule, the archaeological and Islamic museums in Istanbul did not just simply manage to stay afloat, they became increasingly important voices for the emergent national struggle. Though the politics of antiquities acquisition and collection changed dramatically during the revolution because of the waning territorial sovereignty of the Ottoman government, the Imperial Museum's continued attempts to remain informed about ongoing archaeological activities in the empire reaffirm the significance of antiquities not as artistic treasures but as markers of political ascendancy.

Keywords: Islamic art; archaeological antiquities; Ottoman museums; Imperial Museum; Young Turk Revolution; artistic treasures; political ascendancy

Chapter.  3632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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